Utilisation of general practitioner services and achievement of guideline targets by people with diabetes who joined a peer-support program in Victoria, Australia

Lal Rawal, Rory Wolfe, Catherine Joyce, Michaela Riddell, James Dunbar, Heng Li, Brian Oldenburg

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the use of general practitioner (GP) services and achievement of guideline targets by 285 adults with type 2 diabetes in urban and regional areas of Victoria, Australia. Anthropometric and biomedical measures and responses to a self-administered questionnaire were collected. Findings indicate that almost all participants had visited a GP and had had their hypoglycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) measured in the past 6 months; less than one-third had visited a practice nurse. Fifty per cent achieved a HbA1c target of ≤7.0%; 40%, a total cholesterol ≤4.00mmol/L; 39%, BP Systolic ≤130mmHg; 51%, BP Diastolic ≤80mmHg; 15%, body mass index ≤25kg/m2; and 34% reported a moderately intense level of physical activity, that is, ≥30min, 5 days a week. However, 39% of individuals achieved at least two targets and 18% achieved at least three of these guideline targets. Regional participants were more likely to report having a management plan and having visited a practice nurse, but they were less likely to have visited other health professionals. Therefore, a more sustained effort that also includes collaborative care approaches is required to improve the management of diabetes in Australia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)205-213
    Number of pages9
    JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health - Interchange
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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